Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts

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Verity Pulford

January – mid February 2024

Courtyard Project Space B

Mutualism – A beneficial symbiosis… between sea and land, humans and the natural environment, animal and plant forms, making and sharing my practice with others, relationships between makers, between the techniques of glass casting and pate de verre.

The aim of this Arts Council of Wales funded project is to be able to create more intricate and ambitious works based on the plant forms I love, also combining marine animal features. An ongoing journey of learning as well as an opportunity to make and exhibit new work.

My inspiration has always been plant life – cryptogamic plants such as lichen, moss, algae, fungi. But I am also interested in using the structures and textures of marine creatures and invertebrates such as sea urchins, sea stars, jellyfish, sea anemones and coral. I will be investigating and combining qualities of these plants and animal organisms in sculptural works. Continuing with the development of combining found natural elements and other materials.

My work is about my connection to nature, the spirituality I find in it, the sense of place. A love of this land I call home, the natural environments I have grown up around, chosen to spend my life alongside. Of Wales and its bounty of beauty, diversity and wonder.

Partners: Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Ruthin Craft Centre, Studio Made, Makers Guild Wales, Liverpool Museums, The Bluecoat Display Centre The World Museum- Liverpool, Ocean Sciences Dept- Bangor University, National Resources Wales, Fiaz Elson, Angela Thwaites.